2004 Award Category: Races: Hobbits - First Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: adult themes
Summary: The girl he left behind him -- and came home to. His thoughts go back to her again and again, even in Mordor. But when they return, can he make a life with her -- and Frodo?
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Lindelea ✧ Score: N/A
This my absolute favourite of Jo's stories. She pulls me into the picture she weaves with richness of depth and detail: I smell the odours, I feel the textures, I hear the sounds as well as seeing the picture she lays out before me like an unending feast. Speaking of feasts! Her hobbits are so very hobbity--especially the loving attention that goes into her description of their meals. She makes *me* hungry, just reading, and has influenced my own writing in that I try to imagine the dishes and garnishes and little added touches when the storied hobbits eat, instead of just writing that they sat down to supper and ate! Her Frodo, and Samwise and Rosie sound just right to my ear, and I love her portrayal of Merry and Pippin as well. Her OCs are believable and quickly become "real". I liked Frodo's interest on literacy for hobbits. After all, if he's going to the trouble to write down the great events that they might not be forgotten, I can see him being interested in hobbits being able to read them! Though we know he's fated to go, he will leave a long-lasting legacy behind him. One part of the story that particularly struck me was the Free Fair at Michel Delving. This, in particular, is where Jo's descriptive skills are at their best. I almost felt as if I was there! Another scene that sticks with me was when Frodo put on his best clothes and his most "Mayorly" manner to persuade local hobbits to see things his way. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this story, so I won't give any more detail than that, but I could just see Frodo's seriousness, his reckless squandering of his waning energies in his earnest desire to see his ideas come to fruition. I'm afraid I'm feeling rather incoherent today, so let me just congratulate you once more, Jo, on a marvellous story.
Reviewed by: BelegCuthalion ✧ Score: N/A
A nearly novel-length story from Rosie's POV - amazingly detailed, insightful and clever. The tale begins pre-quest and ends shortly after Frodo has left for the Grey Havens. Everything rings true, and jodancingtree's Rose is a treasure strong, wise and with a great heart a shining proof what a character can be in Fanfiction if only the author takes Tolkien for serious, and jodancingtree does. It is thrilling to read about the hard times when Frodo and Sam were gone, and about the rime after the Ring War - when Rosie finds out that Frodo will go into the West. Amazingly good!
Reviewed by: Rosie the Hobbit ✧ Score: N/A
This is the only fic I've seen this idea in, but it's a great one. Frodo starting a school for the Hobbiton children so they can learn to read is just so Frodo. He is able to give so much to the community, more than they realize, but offering the school. As if he hasn't done enough already. Sam and Rosie are well written as well. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Elana ✧ Score: N/A
I first started reading this back when Jo was first posting it, and I was struck immediately by Rose's voice - very distinctive and hobbity and all herself. The troubles of the Shire while the Travellers are gone are realistic and vivid. Then, after they return and the Shire is scoured, a new part of the story starts and we learn about Rosie's relationships with Sam and Frodo. I love when Frodo gets to a point where he is almost healed - he can even joke about finding his lost ring - but then he begins his inevitable decline in heartbreaking fashion. Very poignant at the end. This is one where I can't imagine it happening any other way now that I've read it. Well done.